Ann's Overdue Comeuppance

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Ann's Overdue Comeuppance

Every year the Ronald Reagan-worshipping conservative youth organization, Young America's Foundation, puts out a "Top 10 Conservative Colleges List." Most of the schools are small, secretarian places like Christendom College, Patrick Henry College ("Homeschooler U."), or Jerry Falwell's own Liberty University. You'd think any school on that list would be an ideal audience for someone like Ann Coulter to visit, right? Think again. Harding University in Arkansas invited Ann to come and speak at their school in a lecture series that has previously hosted mild-mannered folks like Zell Miller. But when word got around that Ann was coming instead of rolling out the red carpet she was disinvited due to objections from alumni-- who had posted their displeasure on their blogs. What was their chief complaint? You might be surprised.
Mike Cope, a minister at Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Tex., complained that Coulter lives in a “black/white ‘I’m-right-and-you’re-an-idiot’ world. If you don’t agree with her then you’re a bleeding heart liberal who doesn’t deserve to live here.” The problem, he said, was not that Coulter is conservative, but that her views are un-Christian. [emphasis mine]
In inviting Coulter to the campus, wrote [Greg] Kendall-Ball, whose father and sisters are also Harding alums, the university had “failed to uphold the Christ-like spirit that Harding seeks to embody.” It troubled him, he said, that “someone advocating violence, forced conversions, physical intimidation and who has routinely expressed anti- or non-Christian views is welcomed and given one of the more prestigious speaking engagements on the school’s calendar.”
I am happy to give credit where credit is due. It is wonderful to know there are some conservative Christians who recognize that Ann Coulter doesn't seem to understand anything about Jesus's basic teachings. Kudos to them.

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